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Soler starts season with win

Mauricio Soler (Barloworld)

Mauricio Soler (Barloworld) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Mauricio Soler of Team Barloworld started his season off well thanks to a win on home soil in the Colombia's Circuito de Tuta. It was a welcomed victory for the winner of the 2007 Tour de France mountains competition after crashes marred last season.

The 26-year-old climber finished solo and 16 seconds ahead of teammate Félix Rafael Cárdenas. Jaime Chaparro of Team Elèctricos Duitama rounded out the podium.

The race consisted of 20 laps around a three-kilometre circuit. After the first few laps, Soler lifted the pace and got rid of most of his competitors.

Soler's last major win was in 2007. After his successful Tour de France, he won Spain's Vuelta a Burgos stage race in August.

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